Living in Christ Verses 12 & 13

It’s 5:00 am on a Saturday morning. Last week was my first week back at work and students start Monday. Come Monday, I can no longer hit snooze when the alarm sounds at 4:45 am. So honestly, I’m a little ticked with my body for not enjoying these last days of sleeping in. But I’m awake. There is a lot to be done so I start by reading the word...

Fight

Last night I found out some pretty devastating news. I was distraught. Worry filled my heart. I didn’t know what to do. (My family is fine.) So I lay in bed tossing and turning. Even an over-the-counter sleep aid could not calm my anxious mind. Then the Holy Spirit asked me, “What would you tell a friend to do if they were in this situation?” “Take their eyes off their...

Only One Way

“No one comes to the Father except through me.” This phrase appears almost word for word in every translation I read. When Jesus spoke this, apparently it was very direct and not subject to interpretation. It was not spoken as a parable but as a statement of fact. Yet this phrase is controversial, dare I say offensive to many. If read in context, it was Jesus defining his identity to...

Not my Brother’s Judge

My brother and I grew up in the same home. A Christian home. We were baptized together. He was six. I was four. We both faltered in our teens, made bad choices. But even in my rebellion, I continued attending church. He did not. But we have remained close. Last night I asked my brother if he believed Jesus was the son of God. His reply, “Yes, but my faith...

The Temple of God

Old Testament: Solomon built a trillion dollar, extravagant, luxurious temple to house the presence of God. When the nation was in trouble, they were to turn toward the temple and pray. The Lord eyes were open and attentive toward the temple day and night. ““But will God really dwell on earth with humans? The heavens, even the highest heavens, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built!”...

Talk to Yourself

Mass shootings. Political debates. Family and friends suffering loss. Unfavorable doctor’s diagnosis. It can be overwhelming and depression can stand at the door and knock loudly and aggressively. This past spring, for a little while, I lost sight of who I was in God. I allowed the cares of this world to speak louder than the peace of God. I allowed others to define me. I opened the door for...

Pray, Give, Go!

Broken garage door. Toilet #1 leaks. Toilet #2 breaks. Disappointing news. No this is not a bad country music song. It’s my life. It’s life in a 20 year old house. It’s an enemy trying to distract me. How does one handle life’s unpleasant events? What do you do when things break? When Life falls apart? When your child is hurting? When your finances are struggling? When God says do...

Not a Requirement but a Response

God gave his people a set of rules to live by. Ultimately, these rules were for their benefit. But instead of these rules leading to godly living, it led to a cycle of: sin-punishment-repentance-forgiveness-restoration-repeat. It was a vicious cycle. Finally, God said in his frustration through the prophet Micah, “Listen, I don’t want Your burnt offerings. I don’t want your rivers of oil. I’m not asking you to sacrifice your...